Seminary writing consultation (SWC) is a free service available for students in graduate degree programs at the Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS). The aim of the service is to collaborate with and mentor students as they explore ways to improve their graduate-level academic writing skills. The service includes both individual and small-group consultations; all consultations are confidential.
NOTE: Please see the "Policies" section below for instructions on how to submit a paper for assistance.
SWC is an important service for all Seminary students, especially those who have been away from academia for a while or international students adapting to Seminary study in the United States.
As you strive to become a better thinker and writer at the graduate level, our masters’ qualified Seminary Writing Consultants (SWCs) can help with the following issues:
Please remember, however, that the SWC is not permitted to write or correct a paper for you.
Consultations are by appointment only, but your consultation can happen face-to-face, by e-mail, and via Blackboard’s virtual office hours interface; please choose the method that is best for you and that fits your schedule and work style.
Before submitting a paper for consultation, note the following guidelines for submission:
If you are working as part of a group for a project or paper, you may contact SWC with concerns about your own sections. In addition, if one person in the group has been elected as a group leader who “puts the pieces together,” that person is also welcome to send the entire paper to the SWC for an overall review of organization and structure, conformity with the assignment, and continuity in writing style.
SWCs make every effort to return student work as quickly as possible, but hours are limited and the service often becomes very busy near the middle and end of a term; therefore, to ensure an appointment, you are advised to schedule as soon as you know of an assignment, preferably at least 10 business days before the final due date and even well in advance. Some writers even schedule regular appointments throughout a term to ensure a time slot from week to week. Remember, it’s best to submit a draft version before the final version of your paper or project and, if there are questions about organization or structure, to include a rough outline with the draft.
NOTE: Any paper received less than 10 SWC working days before the requested return date may have to be declined. Papers received after Friday at 4:00 p.m. will be considered to have been received the following workday at 9:00 a.m. SWC Resources & Guidelines
Lorna Condit - Associate Director.
Center for Humanities Bixler (CFHB) 103
Office Phone: 419-289-5670 ext. 5957